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Dwarfmistletoe on Red Fir and White Fir in California

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Stands of red fir and white fir in California are extensively infected with the fir dwarfmistletoe, and damage is heavy over much of the fir belt. Field observations and cross-inoculation studies show that there are two specialized forms of fir dwarfmistletoe, one attacking only red fir and one only white fir. In most fir stands, only one form is present in a given area. In such stands, reduction of mistletoe damage through stand conversion or through selective thinning of reproduction is suggested. Where both forms of mistletoe are present in the same stand, standard control procedures or interplanting with nonsusceptible species is suggested.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Plant Pathologist, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Expt. Sta., Forest Service, U. S. Dept. Agric., Berkeley, Calif.

Publication date: May 1, 1963

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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